As many desktop 3D printers, the Makibox is a creation arised out of the models from the RepRap project and Makerbot Industries. It is not a surprise that the people from Makible share the vision with these market innovators that in the near future people will be able to print whatever they need wherever they want to. The Makibox helps bringing this future a step closer to everyone.
The Makible team realized by using a Makerbot that this machine still is too complicated and unpolished for the average consumer to use. Also the prices are too high. Therefore the Makible team decided to launch the Makibox against a price of $300. This is almost a fourth of the price of the Makerbot Thing-O-Matic and less than one-third of the price of a RepRap kit. At the moment they are working very hard to get the project posted up for funding at Makible.com.
The Makibox is designed by founder Jon Buford, who has more than 10 years of experience designing and developing consumer electronics. The strategy is to combine the best parts from existing 3D printers and restart from a clean slate so that it is simple, easy to use, easy to put together and reliable.
The team started to design in late November with sourcing components based on a 10 cm³ sized output. From there, they continued to iterate to improve the drive mechanisms while keeping it compact and low cost. Now they’re at their 3rd iteration prototype where every part of the design is fine tuned, tested and well thought out. The output is about A5 size and the enclosure includes a rack for a ½ kg spool of plastic and measures only 28cm wide by 21cm tall and deep (11”x 8.5”x 8.5”). Take a look at the pictures shown below of the different stages of the Makibox design and development. If you’ve already fallen in love with the Makibox, then rush to their site and give these guys some support!